Having your car transported requires great considerations. Which company to choose, how much budget to allot, etc. After all, cars are deemed as very important part of life nowadays, to the extent of treating it as though it is a person and a family member. It only follows that getting the best car transport company out there is the first thing to consider. After getting a professional and licensed company, the next thing to think about is what type of car transport to choose.
Contrary to what most people believe, there are different types of transport available. One can either avail of a trailer truck that is relatively cheaper than a pickup truck. The latter is what is also known as the hotshot. The difference in the cost is due to the capacity of the carriers. For the trailer truck, more than ten vehicles may be loaded and transported. As for the hotshot, only one or two cars will be hauled at a time.
The high cost in transporting with hotshots is compensated by the fact that they can deliver faster and can navigate even in residential areas. Since trailer trucks carry many cars, they are of course, slower in delivery.
Another consideration is whether to have the car transported in an open transport or a closed one. From the name itself, an open transport entails shipping your car in the open air with no covering or shield, whatsoever. Thus, your car is at risk of being harmed along the way what with the debris in the road and the weather. Nevertheless, the good thing about open transports is that they are generally cheap.
In addition, any damage that may occur can be taken cared of by the insurance policy provided by the transport company or your own car insurance company. On the other hand, closed transports entail shipping your car contained inside a carrier, protected from any harm. This special treatment commands a very high cost. However, people with very expensive cars or vintage ones prefer this mode of transport since it gives them a peace of mind.
Still another consideration should you choose an open transport is whether to have the car transported in a multi-car or a single-car trailer. The multi-car trailer is cheaper since many cars are transported at a time. This is the type where there are cars placed on two racks- the top and the bottom. However, this method takes slower in delivery since the cars being transported are owned by different people. For a faster rate, you may choose a single-car trailer. Single-car trailers are used for a single car delivery. This is quite similar to sending a package although this time, it’s a car that needs to be shipped. Needless to say, this is quite costly.
Last option is the single-car flatbed. Aside from having your car transported alone, the flatbed is specially designed to accommodate modified cars or extremely big ones. You may add some items to be transported together with the car.